Friday, May 18, 2007

The Water Tribune: third pillar of Expo Zaragoza 2008

What is the Water Tribune? Together with the exhibitions and performances, the Water Platform is a basic pillar of the Expo Zaragoza 2008. It is a space for reflection and discussion revolving around the global debate on Water and Sustainable Development through innovation. Reflection and discussion. This is good.

The United Nations reported that two-thirds of the world's population could be threatened by water shortages by 2025. It estimated that 1.2 billion people currently live in areas with insufficient water. That’s a lot!

If you want to know more n the subject, have a look at the human development report titled : " Beyond Scarcity: power, poverty and the global water crisis".
Zaragoza consumes 100 litres per inhanbitant per day…Los Angeles 400 Litres…. Rwanda has an average water consumption of 10 litres per person per day...

Best practices and behavioural changes are needed for the developed world. For the rest, development eg. see one great initiative in a previous blog entry and behavioral changes...

World (further) thinking on Water and Sustainable Development around the Expo Zaragoza 2008 will have a new reference text with the Zaragoza charter and a new (Water and Future) Foundation with aims to become a multi-disciplinary advisory office coordinated with the Secretariat of the United Nations Decade of Water (Zaragoza 2005-2015) which no doubt will contribute to the global attention and political momentum in favour of the water and sanitation agenda.

Depending on the results, we will see whether it materialize the vision of the organizers: coordination of United Nations bodies which address water problems at various levels to take place into one organization based in Zaragoza. This is the long term goal, to establish a permanent secretariat after 2015….

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